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Funding to deliver youth work in Cheltenham open for bids

Plans to provide £47k of detached youth work have been announced for Cheltenham.

The plans are part of a partnership approach coordinated by the council's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) project, with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes, and Gloucestershire's Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Providers are asked to submit their bids by January 8, 2024, for detached youth work services to help potentially vulnerable young people and those at risk of becoming involved in, or already involved in, anti-social behaviour.

The service provider will work with all partners to improve outcomes for young people in their own communities or where there is an identified need, such as parks and open and shared public spaces.

Cllr Flo Clucas, member for communities and safety at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "Place-based youth work engages young people in their own spaces. It can reach those young people who are simply unable to access youth centres or who could be experiencing other life challenging issues.

"I urge providers to put forward their bids to help mentor local young people, engaging them in an exciting and challenging programme of interactions and opportunities that they need.''

Angela Gilbert, manager of Cheltenham voluntary and community sector support (VCS), said: "We know the difference that good youth work support can make to the lives of young people. This is a great opportunity for local organisations to expand their youth work offer and ensure that young people really get the support they need."

The funding is made up of £7,000 from Cheltenham Borough Homes, £10,000 from the Strengthening Local Communities grant via NHS Gloucestershire and £30,000 from the Home Office and OPCC via Safer Streets Fund round 5.

The provision must be able to deliver and demonstrate direct benefit to young people: living in St Paul's (£7,000); living in the Moors (£30,000); gathering in the town centre (£7,000); and in response to hotspots (£3,000).

Bids should be submitted via, be reflective of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) community agreement and based on key themes of being trauma informed and working together with kindness and empathy.

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